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THE PUMA AND ITS YOUNG

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tigre, only soinev \at less.

off when   1 !i;-'<»c   ih- *"   :h>.-
appears so very strUt-lv- ,. •,<

.  ,    But  I   have wisht   them farther
i   iii   the woods;  because   their aspect
Hertu."

FIG. IPS.—Oc*l:,<;.     FCte juwltilis.     x &.
The Puma, J^! conculor> the American Lion   as  it is   called in
the north, is a rather smaller animal than the last, and of a
uniform tawny colour, tending to white on the abdomen and to
a dark stripe along the back. The young, as already mentioned,
are very distinctly spotted. Like the Tiger, the Puma can
endure extremes of lieat and cold; it is equally at home in
the snow of North America and among the tropical forests
and swamps of the south. It is a ferocious creature so far as
concerns J>eer, Lamas, Raccoons, even Skunks and Kheas, but,
according to Mr. W. H. Hudson, will not attack man, and will
even defend him against the Jaguar,1 In captivity the Puma
•will purr like a Cat*
The Eyra, F. eyra> is another self-coloured American cat*
which has a curious likeness to the totally distinct Cryptoprocta,
of Madagascar.
The Wild Cat of Europe, JK catus, is found over the greater
part of Europe, and also in Northern Asia. It was undoubtedly
common at one time in this country, though it appears never to
have extended its range into Ireland. But the real Wild Cat is
now rare in this island, and is confined to certain districts in
1 Brat Mr.   Belt says tb&t the   "Tigre"  never  attacks   aaan unless it   be
provoked.